South Metropolitan TAFE’s (SM TAFE) hospitality training area has triumphed at The Catering Institute of WA’s 2016 Gold Plate Awards gala, taking home a 10th consecutive Gold Plate Award.
Held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the evening saw SM TAFE’s Quinlan’s Training Restaurant win the award for best Restaurant within a Training Establishment category and the Bentley Pines Training Restaurant was inducted into the Gold Plate Hall of Fame, a rare feat.
The prestigious event has been running for 50 years, with Quinlan’s also entering the Hall of Fame in 2012.
SM TAFE Executive Director Brenda Micale said the honours were even more significant as it was such a special year for the peak industry body.
“We always put ourselves on the line to achieve these important accolades, making sure we are consistently offering the highest level of training and providing contemporary and quality hospitality to our patrons,” Ms Micale said.
“The commitment and professionalism of our staff is second to none, with many of our chef lecturers having worked in Michelin star venues.
“We pride ourselves on our relationships with the top restaurants in WA and they continually train with us as we mirror their standards.”
These achievements have rounded out a hugely successful year for SM TAFE, with cookery students Brody Young Steadman and Courtney Huyerman winning gold medals at the WorldSkills Australia 2016 National Competition.
SM TAFE students Seunguyn (Max) Kim and Jian-Shian (Josh) Chen alongside lecturer Denis Boulet represented Australia to win the 2016 Global Chef’s Challenge against five other countries.
And we had a clean sweep at the 2016 Australian Culinary Federation National Apprentice Competition in NSW, with our students Kok Wei Lee (overall winner), Luke Bathis, Hayden Bilton and Taieun Kim winning all four categories.